was a TNA PPV on Sunday. It wasn’t really good, but
there was a match that is worth talking about, and it wasn’t
the lame Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan Main Event. It was the
opener: Mickie James vs. Tara.
have my working fishnets on.
TNA will happily recognize the existence of the WWE, and
the announcing in this match made reference that the two
of them had feuded in WWE. That’s a nice touch, like
they would do in Mid-Atlantic back in the old days.
two came in and it was a brawl, and a pretty good one. Mickie
can go, and Tara just needs to be motivated, something that
hasn’t happened as much lately. Here, she had her
working fishnets on and it showed pretty early. Tara had
been tossed outside and Mickie was reaching for her over
the top rope when Tara caught her and gave her a neckbreaker
on top of the top rope. It was awesome.
two had a great brawl, not pretty, for sure, but it showed
real anger. It was a brawl mostly in the ring at first,
which is something we don’t see that often. Tara had
the advantage a lot, and Mickie made her comebacks through
her flying. Mickie does a really nice Missile Dropkick.
was also a weird, but awesome and pretty dangerous, spot
that got a good pop. Mickie was going for something off
the top, but Tara punched her in the stomach so Mickie sat
down on the turnbuckle. Tara then climbed, as if she was
going to give her a Hurrancanrana, but Mickie Grabbed her
and put Tara on her lap, which got a pop itself and led
to Taz making some lame girl-on-girl porn jokes. It was
a sad statement, but the audience thought it was cool and
then Mickie seemed to jerk Tara down, who was clinging to
her and both went off the top, to the apron, and then to
has a crazy gimmick. Some guys like that.
a dangerous spot; they had two times when a tangled limb
could easily have been twisted or broken (like Tommy Dreamer
broke his wrist later in the show). It was not a hugely
dangerous spot in image, but in reality, it could have gone
very wrong. Luckily, it didn’t.
that spot, they brawled around ringside. This wasn’t
the crispest brawl, but there was real anger in it. The
selling was only OK from Mickie, better from Tara, and the
offense was realistic, which is nice. They brawled and it
seemed like they really hated each other. Not a lot of dangerous
headshots, a garbage can shot maybe, but nothing over the
top. They eventually pushed the ref who had come to try
and get them back into the ring, and that led to a DQ. The
match was a Double DQ, but they kept brawling and the crowd
was really into it, specifically chanting ‘Let them
fight!’ and booing as the security tried to break
broke away and went into the ring, calling for Tara to come
in. Tara broke away from Security and headed into the ring
where she brawled with Mickie more as the Security got in
to try and keep them apart.
entire thing was really good, the best TNA Knockout’s
match since Amazing Kong left. Tara did her crazy gimmick
and Mickie did her spunky gimmick and this is why they got
Mickie, because she can go, and Tara, who is amazingly hot
and never moreso than she is now, can play her role and
works off of Mickie very well.
last woman’s brawl that I thought was this powerful
was way back in the heart of the Attitude era, I’m
thinking 1999 or 2000. It was a Backstage brawl between
Ivory and Teri. They went all over the backstage area in
a brawl that would have compared fairly with the legendary
Tupelo Concession Stand Brawls of the early 1980s. It was
awesome, and while this didn’t quite get to that level,
it was awesome.
rest of the PPV? OK. The retirement match of Team 3D was
a really good match for many of the same reasons that the
Mickie-Tara match was awesome. It did have an amazing spot
where Bubba set up a table leaning against the corner, Sabin
was thrown into it, but took a step on it and did a backflip,
which led to Bubba charging him and going through. That
was an awesome spot. Dreamer and RVD had a weird match that
had little heat. The Main Event pretty much sucked, and
Samoa Joe and Jarrett had the kind of match that I would
have enjoyed but they didn’t give Joe anything to
make him look like the star he should be.
all for now!